Blog: When I Went For A Coronavirus Test

Blog: When I Went For A Coronavirus Test

Maya Sharma | Monday April 27, 2020

After journalists tested positive in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the Karnataka government decided to test us too. Calls were made and it was scheduled organisation by organisation.

Blog: What I Learnt While Covering Sushma Swaraj's Campaign

Blog: What I Learnt While Covering Sushma Swaraj's Campaign

Maya Sharma | Wednesday August 07, 2019

Sushma Swaraj did not disappear from Bellary after her defeat. She visited the city for many consecutive years on the occasion of the Varamahalakshmi Puja which she celebrated with the Reddy family.

Blog: "No Ladies": The Perils Of Being A Woman Reporter In Sabarimala

Blog: "No Ladies": The Perils Of Being A Woman Reporter In Sabarimala

Maya Sharma | Thursday October 18, 2018

At Nilakkal, we saw a crowd shouting slogans, police standing by. A reporter from a Kerala channel called me aside. "Take off the press stickers from your car," he advised. "And the logo from your mike. And best not to go that side," he added - indicating the crowd.

Blog: Gauri Lankesh, Passionate, Outspoken, Fiercely Committed

Blog: Gauri Lankesh, Passionate, Outspoken, Fiercely Committed

Maya Sharma | Wednesday September 06, 2017

Dark, bright eyes. Such a contrast to that shock of short, white hair. A lean frameburning with an intense energy. Gauri Lankesh was vital, she was alive. Last night, she was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru.

Blog: Inside The Reddy Wedding In Bengaluru, Here's What I Saw

Blog: Inside The Reddy Wedding In Bengaluru, Here's What I Saw

Maya Sharma | Thursday November 17, 2016

The vital stats are now front-page news: 50,000 guests, 3,000 security guards and bouncers, a venue that covered 30 acres and included multiple Bollywood-type sets.

Blog: Mother Teresa's Message For Bangalore - Delivered On Tarmac

Blog: Mother Teresa's Message For Bangalore - Delivered On Tarmac

Maya Sharma | Monday September 05, 2016

It is unreal to think that I met someone who has been declared a saint!

Blog: My Bengaluru Reports Included Fish - And A Snake

Blog: My Bengaluru Reports Included Fish - And A Snake

Maya Sharma | Friday July 29, 2016

Bengaluru after a night of non-stop rain. It looked as if the city was drowning.

Blog: At 92, The Aura And Appeal Of VS Achutanandan Is Still Strong

Blog: At 92, The Aura And Appeal Of VS Achutanandan Is Still Strong

Maya Sharma | Thursday May 12, 2016

VS Achutanandan started his union work early. He was still in his teens, working in a coir factory, when he began organising workers. With very little formal education, it was his ability to connect with the people that saw him rise through the party ranks. He is outspoken and has offended and been chastised by his party over the years. And his reported bad blood with...

Blog: What It's Like To Campaign With Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Blog: What It's Like To Campaign With Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Maya Sharma | Thursday May 12, 2016

I was asked to wait inside the house with the kindness often shown to strangers, particularly women reporters, in a small town.

Blog: Bengaluru Man Trancends Blindness, Autism, To Win Famous Music Award

Blog: Bengaluru Man Trancends Blindness, Autism, To Win Famous Music Award

Maya Sharma | Saturday April 30, 2016

As part of our work in the field of journalism, we sometimes come across people who inspire us. The Rajan family of Bengaluru is one such example. The family braved enormous odds - with two children who had special needs. Roshan and Ritvik were born blind, and Ritvik was also autistic.

Blog: On Camera, They Jumped On A Crocodile's Bloodied Back

Blog: On Camera, They Jumped On A Crocodile's Bloodied Back

Maya Sharma | Monday March 21, 2016

So often, the phrase "Behaved like an animal" is used to denote wild, brutal, cruel behaviour. There is only one animal that acts with malice and inflicts pain for no reason - and that is the human.

Blog: My Monday Morning Hero - A Traffic Policeman Filling Potholes

Blog: My Monday Morning Hero - A Traffic Policeman Filling Potholes

Maya Sharma | Tuesday January 05, 2016

I was smiling on the way to work on a Monday. That too while travelling through Bengaluru's notorious traffic. That is not something that happens to people very often - but I did feel quite cheery, while travelling through Jayanagar in the south of the city.

Blog: The King and I. The Mysore Coronation.

Blog: The King and I. The Mysore Coronation.

Maya Sharma | Thursday May 28, 2015

In the modern day republic, we have no kings and queens, but for many Mysoreans, the head of the family remains 'Namma Maharaja' - our Maharaja.

Blog: For Jayalalithaa's Verdict, a Packed Bengaluru Court-Room

Blog: For Jayalalithaa's Verdict, a Packed Bengaluru Court-Room

Maya Sharma | Monday May 11, 2015

The judge arrived - and in a matter of seconds it was over.

Blog: Goodbye Roshan. Your Music Lives On

Blog: Goodbye Roshan. Your Music Lives On

Maya Sharma | Saturday April 04, 2015

Over the years as a television journalist, I have been asked several times which stories have left most impact on me. There have been big news stories - the devastating Tsunami, the kidnaps and murders committed by Veerappan, violent clashes over the river Cauvery, air crashes, the turmoil of elections, floods and droughts.

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